Has God Forsaken Africa?
Brussels, August 1999. Two teenagers from Guinea are found dead in the undercarriage of a plane from Conakry. Each year, thousands of young Africans like them risk their lives to flee a continent scourged by war and endemic poverty. Shocked by this growing phenomenon, the Senegal-born director Musa Dieng Kala returns to Dakar, where he grew up, and asks the painful question: Has God Forsaken Africa? The answer is bitter. As he films five young adults seeking to immigrate to the West at any cost, the filmmaker unearths the impotence of individuals faced with international indifference and the unconcern of the leaders of a society emptied of its resources and incapable of meeting its needs. A moving film that makes the case for a global ecology in which no nation or people is abandoned.
2008, 52 min
Also available in French
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SCIC Global Issues Award
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 24 2009, Yorkton - Canada
Bank of Africa Special Prize- with a cash prize of 2 000 000 F CFA ($5000 CDN)
Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision / FESPACO
February 28 to March 7 2009, Ouagadougou - BurkinaFaso
AQCC Award for the Best Short or Medium Length Documentary
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
February 18 to 28 2009, Montréal - Canada
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